Social Media Week: Giving Voice to the Voiceless Builds Momentum #SMWAJSTREAM


Whether you answered ‘Yes’,’No’, or ‘Unsure’, we would love to see you at our 2nd #PITAPAL tweetup in honor of Social Media Week in Washington, DC this week (#SMWWDC), on February 21st!  We are in the middle of Social Media Week, which is a series of panels, workshops, and social gatherings to maximize how to engage with different social media tools.  So we would like to add to the mix of topics and focus on the ‘pita-consuming’ region because we know you all have much to say.

  • Tweetup: Feb 18-22nd is Social Media week in DC. We discussed #socent in #MENA last time. On FEB 21st: let’s debate #socialmedia: noise or benign?Date: Thursday, February 21st, 2013Time: 6pm-8pmVenue: Point Chaud Cafe Creperie 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC (located on 11 street between New York Ave and H street NW)
    1 block from Metro Center, exit 11th StreetSponsor: Pay It Forward Foundation Founder’s Interview: Pay It Forward

In The Stream: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Yesterday, PITAPOLICY attended a new media event hosted by Al Jazeera’s The Stream, which “gives a voice to the voiceless”.   Their motto served as the inspiration for their new media style show, which goes beyond traditional reporting style and includes questions and comments from the online community in real time.  NOT only was this a new idea for media engagement, but this idea originated with an Arab news outlet, rather than the older conglomerates founded in the UK and the US.  Plus, The Stream’s concept gives other large American news outlets, like CNN and Fox News, a run for their money!  As The Stream team would say, we were “in the Stream” at The Stream’s tweetup at Busboys and Poets Restaurant on K Street.  This is pretty fitting since Busboys serves as a hub of activism and social media activity in Washington, DC and ‘K Street’ is a neighborhood of DC activity – ranging from lobbying to general activism. 

The Stream’s co-hosts: Malika Bilal and Lisa Fletcher, welcomed fans and fielded some story ideas.  PITAPOLICY Founder, Mehrunisa Qayyum, was SUPER excited to see fellow bloggers from the Huffington Post community: Omar Baddar (@omarbaddar) and Rami Khater (ramisims) and Al Jazeera reporter, Vera Sajrawi.  Also, the show’s team, like Rami Khater, Senior New Media Producer reshared our message, “.@busboysandpoets Breaking pita bread w/ @ramisms @hismeal @danaballout961 for #smwajstream #smwwdc @PITAConsumer

We are very pleased to be following @AJStream on Twitter–and VERY Excited that @AJSTREAM is following us back on Twitter!  We can’t wait to see how they will use our tweets from last night’s event in some snazzy message!


Tweets from Al Jazeera The Stream’s Tweetup: #SMWAJTSTREAM

  1. Thx to all the @ajstream tweeps who came to #smwAJstream tonight! Had a great time talking to everyone. Nice to meet viewers face to face!

  2. Didn’t get to use this hashtag nearly enough b/c I was having such a great time talking to the @AJStream team in real life. #Smwajstream

  3. @delaneychambers streaming both was an awesome idea! Thanks again for having me! #smwajstream

  4. @VRSphotography took some pretty great photos at #SMWajstream tonight. Can’t wait to share with @AJStream and all who were there!!!


  5. “I’m in the stream” video booth at the #AJStream event. #SMWAJStream. 


  6. Just met @albanyassociate where their work has taken them to #iraq to help develop #media policy @busboysandpoets #smwajstream #smwwdc

  7. #smwajstream #smwwdc Great to see @mmbilal doing very well and having her own show. NPR Interns Summer ’05 Forever. @ajstream

  8. Starting of #SMW13 right with AJ Stream’s networking event at @busboysandpoets #SMWAJStream (@ Busboys and Poets) 

  9. At #SMWajstream puttin people on TV. Come to Bus Boys and Poets on 5th an K and record an #ImInTheStream!!

  10. .@wasime Day 89: Free james Foley who was kidnapped in #idlib, #Syria while reporting hospital bombing. #smwajstream #smwwdc mt @cpjmena

  11. #SMWWDC Editorial member @SSonies just stopped by Busboys! Glad to see you in the #AJStream, Sarah! #SMWajstream

  12. Hanging out (offline) with @EBA_Roberts, @acavalier, and @wyethwire at #SMWajstream, our #SMWWDC mixer. Come say at @BusboysandPoets 5+K!

  13. Hello, @mmbilal! #DC tweeps, head to #SMWajstream to meet Malika and the rest of the #ajstream team.  #SMWWDC

  14. Live at Al Jazeera’s #smwAJStream event chatting with @monisismissing & watchin @lisa_fletch make the rounds.

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